// DFS and Furniture Village to reopen a handful of stores this week
// DFS is set to open some of its shops on Friday
// Furniture Village plans to open all 46 of its branches this Saturday
Furniture Village and DFS are preparing to reopen their stores in time for the bank holiday weekend.
The homeware retailers began planning to reopen stores when the government changed its guidance earlier this month.
DFS is set to open a handful of its shops on Friday, while Furniture Village plans to open all 46 of its branches this Saturday after testing social distancing measures across several of its shops over the last week.
Meanwhile, Swedish homeware giant Ikea is thought to be planning a small trial of store openings this weekend, while SCS is aiming to reopen stores “as soon as practically possible”.
Dunelm trialled reopening seven stores earlier in the month and has now opened 39 across its 171-strong store estate.
The retailer also enabled shoppers to pick up click and collect orders from the majority of its stores since May 12.
Moreover, Furniture Village has introduced protective measures to ensure safety at its stores during the Covid-19 crisis.
Every shopper and staff member will have their temperature checked before entering the shop and all shoppers will be asked the sanitise their hands before coming in.
The retailer will also provide disposable pens for shoppers to sign paperwork for shoppers and equip staff with protective face shields and perspex screens for the tills.